The new 140,000 square foot Engineering Technology Center (ETC) and Design Studio was designed to showcase STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics) education in a flexible environment that is sustainable and multidisciplinary. KSU is the only public university in Georgia offering a degree in mechatronics engineering – the integration of mechanical and electrical engineering disciplines with an infusion of computer science and software engineering. The ETC will house this program, in addition to all of the other engineering and engineering technology programs in the School of Engineering Technology & Management and Division of Engineering. In addition to classrooms, faculty offices, computer labs and two auditorium, this project features a large number of highly specialized spaces: an energy/HVAC lab, a fluid mechanics lab, a strength-of-materials lab, a metrology lab, an electromagnetics lab, a computer-integrated manufacturing lab, an automotive lab, engineering graphics labs, a biomedical lab and a machine shop, to name a few. A two-story gathering space serves to showcase student and faculty work to the larger campus community. Competition cars, robotics and mechatronic devices designed and fabricated by student clubs will be prominently displayed. This space is affectionately known as the Gallery. Sustainability was a high priority for this project and LEED-NC Gold Certification was pursued.
GSFIC / Southern Polytechnic State University
It should be noted that we are extremely pleased with the diligence and attention to detail given to this project by the Cooper Carry team and their consultants. — Wilson Barnes, Dean